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someone with a big personality like steven colbert could get the americans elect nomination. >> thank you so much. that is "the ed show" i'm ed schultz, listen to me on the radio noon to 3:00, like "the ed show" on facebook. "the rachel maddow show" starts right now. good evening, rachel. they love you in wisconsin by the way. >> i love wisconsin back. >> it was always hi ed, we love rachel. >> well, i get from my whole family, hi, honey, how's ed. there are both sides. see you later. >> you bet. thanks at home for joining us for the next hour. it's true, mama meadow loves her some ed, i never hear the end of it. it's fine, it's my mom. but it's fine. this is senator blunt's twiter page. for background he has a picture
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of a lovely scene, looks like a missouri country road. vice magazine tracked down the photographer of the picture that the senator had on his twitter page. they tracked down the photographer by way of finding his wife who happens to be the person who appears on the horse in the picture. the lady on the horse told vice she and her husband were surprised to learn that senator blunt was using their picture on his twitter page. since her photographer husband had not given senator blunt permission to use that picture. senator blunt until today was a sponsor of a very very controversial piece of legislation you might have heard something about, anti-on line piracy legislation that critics say would lead to censorship of the internet, undermining freedom of movement on line. the whole justify indication for this controversial bill sponsored by senator blunt is to
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crack down on the theft of other people's content online. theft like the kind senator blunt engaged in himself, very publicly on his own twitter page. it's not just senator blunt. vice magazine screen grabbed the twitter page for claire mccaskill, sponsored the forerunner of the legislation, to stop online piracy. like the kind she apparently committed in taking this poor guy's picture off flicker without his permission. it's not just senator blunt and mccaskill, dennis ross, a sponsor of this bill to stop internet piracy. this congressman put this cartoon picture of a fat piggy government on his website. unless you deliberately crop it out, congressman, that image comes with a big old obvious copyright mark belonging to a cartoonist he never gave this congressman permission to use his pig. elected officials previously
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supporting or signed on to sponsor anti-online piracy legislation nevertheless proudly displaying on their most visible web homes content either out right stolen or for which they at least should have provided attribution. which they did not. >> one way to look at this is hypocrisy. doing one thing and saying another. i think the more realistic way of seeing this is not hypocrasy. congress doesn't understand the internet. could we bring back ted stevens, he was from alaska, he served in congress most of us hope to be alive. but nothing in the late great senator stevens long, long legacy is more quotable than this. his explanation of how the internet works. >> you order your movie and guess what you can order ten of
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them delivered to you and the delivery charge is free, right in ten movies, streaming across that internet and what happens to your own personal internet? i just the other day got internet was sent by my staff at 10:00 on the morning on friday i got it yesterday. why? because it got tangled up with all the things going on the internet commercially. they want to deliver vast amounts of information over the internet, and again, the internet is not something that you just dump something on it's not a big truck it's a series of tubes. >> rest in peace, alaska senator ted stevens. the series of tubes! today the online protest against congress' would be anti-piracy bills got the lion's share of attention as well it should. it should be noted there was physical in-person protest, real people showing up in the flesh on third avenue in manhattan to tell new york senators what they think about congress and internet freedom and what congress should do about that. new york senators charles
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schumer and another democratic senator are sponsors. our producer was at the protest and took the photos today on the streets in new york. this one, i love this one. it's no longer ok to not know how the internet works. stop pipa. not just true for ted stevens, in congress. it's true for congress more broadly. they have shown themselves to not understand how the internet works, you can tell that from their previous attempts to lasso the internet like it was a way-ward calf. if we had no reason to believe congress understands the workings of the internet, after today, we can be sure that congress at least understands the power of the internet. google, wikipedia, flicker, word press, read it, wired, many more either blocked their websites entirely today or used their websites to make a big can't-miss it visual statement of their discontent with the
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legislation. more than just going dark, many sites included operator instructions for how you too could reach out to congress and tell them to these proposed laws. just one example, progressive change committee says craigslist visitors alone, 30,000 people today called congress through website that linked them with the way to do that. we cover all kind of of protests on this show, all kind of non-violent direct action, all kind of way people try to do congress to do something. occupy congress converged on capitol hill. occupy dc has been sleeping outside in the capital city for months now. the tea party marching on washington including one big march they had back in their hayday, 9/12 one. storming hearings, screaming from gallery until they are hauled outsigned arrested. people do a million things to get con to move i have never
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seen congress move so far so fast on one day of protest as the way they did today when google put up that censored bar, redacted bar over the logo and wikipedia turned off the lights. in the last 24 hours, senator marco rubio no longer supports it. john cornyn says he wants congress to slow down on this. the aforementioned roy blunt, he has gone from being a sponsor of the bill to saying he will vote against it. republican senator scott brown of massachusetts has come out overtly against it. jim demint, the silver back from south carolina, announced he, too, opposes the bill. bob menendez sponsored this, today he is open to changes in it. ben cardin of maryland sponsored the bill until today. same for tim holden of pennsylvania. rejecting legislation, he himself signed on to co-sponsor. also in the house, congress♪ap ben quail and lee terry took back their previous support. so did dennis ross a sponsor of
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the house version before he decided he now rejects it. how that is for an about face? all these members of congress surrendering today in the face of an angry system of tubes. it's not just a big truck. if you were who has been fitted from getting something done in washington d.c., because of the way things usual hi get done in washington d.c., if you're a fat cat in the system works for you, today probably shook you a little bit. look at who was on the other side of this. look at who is on the side who wants the anti-piracy. big money, muscle, big power, the largest share of lobbying money. big blue slice of the pie came from cable and satellite tv interests. hi, boss. followed by hollywood, the music industry, commercial tv, big time players who have funded this zillion dollar effort to get the legislation passed. that kind of money and power is
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why so many people in congress signed on for these bills even though we're supposed to believe that before now they never really understood what was in them but now they've taken a closer look they are disturbed. big money, big power and very special interests in favor of something has been the way that stuff gets done in washington forever. but sometimes something bigger comes along. the source of the tech industry's bigness on this is two-fold. first they are now really fundamental to our lives. wiek wikipedia is the first stop. google is where where start. the bar the visual suggestion of google plunged in darkness by a congress that does not understand the internet, that is a powerful image, a powerful thing, given how power fully the internet shapes our lives. even members of congress understand that. but the other reason the internet world was able to today
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pull off the biggest and most successful power play anyone has seen in washington in a long, long time, is because they don't just wield the power of a few companies speaking as companies. what happened with this mass cave-in in washington today wasn't because of the stated opinions of a few websites. because those websites provided every american who cares about this or who didn't think they cared about it but were convinced today, provided every american who could be persuaded to care about this, a means of expressing yourself on this political issue to congress. it turns out zillions of you. joining us chris hayes, host up with chris hayes, thank you for come out. >> wonderful to be here. >> nice to see you. >> great to see you. >> i have bep wanting to talk about this since i saw your excellent treatment. >> it's hard issue to talk about it's super technical and i was happy we had a chance to talk about it but came away thinking
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we have to revisit it. >> one of the things that was unexpected for me, even after seeing your coverage this weekend we saw the house version of the bill, effectively call the house version sipa, the senate version pipa, the house version got stopped in the tracks, the white house came out and said we're not for this and the house bill just stopped or got put on a very, very slow milk train. the senate, though, didn't seem to get scared until today. now it's fallen apart. why did the house freak out this weekend and the senate didn't freak out until today? >> i'm not quite sure i know the reason for that. part has to do with the committee structure. one of the committees dar isa has played an in instrumental role in putting the brakes on it before the senate got to it. i think it's an amazing political momentum happened, too. there is a process where something goes from off the radar to driving the news cycle, this caught an updraft and i'm mixing metaphors all over the place and ended up in front and center on the morning shows,
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main networks, the evening news, part of that has to do with wikipedia, and the span of five or six days, an issue that the tech community has been talking about an lobbying and fighting for a long time found itself just right in the center and politicians were forced to make an informed public choice in a way they hadn't before. i think that got them very panicked. >> we have a very very smart web team who works on my show and i was sort of debating this with them a little bit today, which is how important was it that it was in all the morning shows? how important was the main stream media, in trying to cover it it has been difficult. we covered -- under-covered it on this show k which i regret. that should be seen as a challenge and not an excuse, sometimes that is a reason not to cover it when there is lots of other things going on. so could -- let's say there was huge political news that
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occluded this, it wouldn't make it in main stream coverage in the way it did. would it have had the same impact? i feel like it would. >> yes, i think it would, partly because here's one of the things i think is interesting. we have seen new forms of protests or feedback in political system using the internet developed over the last 10, 15 years what tends to happen is the method is most effective when newest. so the first time that members found themselves bar raged with e-mail petitions, they thought oh my god, what is going, on they were freaking out. what happened was that became rudinized. there is something to the fresh neck of the tactic, freshness of the tactic, all the web sighs
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are going dark, getting bar raged on one day. >> the only thing it produced was calls and e-mails, right? >> i think on scale and swarm it produced -- it produced calls and e-mails in tandem with a barrage of press that put them in a spot in a way that i think they're not used to being in the spot. this is one of those bills, this is one of those strange bills that happens on capitol hill, two interests pitted against each other, most members can free lance on them. there is not an idealogical line you don't think i'll have to walk on the steps or go back to your district and face angry people screaming at you. you think it's one of those inside the beltway there is a fight between the retailers and banks, identical to this, all of a sudden you're meeting in the bank room leave the office and
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walk out on the steps and all these people are screaming. photographers, people with mics and people angry, everybody gets really worried, there is a hot of memos going around to mens, a -- to members, from bosses saying who said it was okay i could put my name on this. because this was one of these things that kind of flies under the radar. >> comforting to know a lot of the reaction was i have to read this thing. before you sponsored it, dude. chris hayes, the single best show on television, even remotely related to news. it's true, i've jealous. thank you, chris. >> thank you, rachel. still to come the intersection of this very, very important person and mitt romney. that is coming up, stay with us. [ male announcer ] the inspiring story of how a shipping giant can befriend a forest may seem like the stuff of fairy tales.
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million dollar man. today is his 58th birthday, happy birthday, mr. million. that troublesome rich guy leg leg a see. >> i like being able to fire people that provide services to me. >> rick, i tell you what, 10,000 bucks, $10,000 bet? >> i'm not in the betting business. >> oh, okay. >> mitt romney meet the million dollars man. small potatoes compared to your fortune. this long list of romney gaffes about money, insensitivity to the difference in his monetary functions and the status of the average person's finances. steve didn't write about the wrestling connection. he wrote about not just the sound bites i played, there is
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romney being asked by a kid about why he wants to run for president and mr. romney responded by going in a long detailed riff he and his estates planning attorney will work how they will distribute his multi-millions to his sons. how his dad his dad told him nobody should run for mortgage if you have a mortgage to pay off. may be by the people and for the people the government ought to only be made up of people who can afford to pay cash for a house. mitt romney is also repeatedly said anybody who criticizes his record in business, and how he made his multi zillion dollar fortune is jealous. >> i think it's about envy, i think it's about class warfare, a very envy-oriented, attack-oriented --. people jealous of his money. this sort of a thing can hurt a candidate. this is a big part why
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massachusetts did not elect mitt romney senator back in 1994 when he ran against ted kennedy, even though he tried to run as a liberal. mr. kennedy used his business legacy against him. this is a big part of why mr. romney lost to john mccain in 2008. all the more evident the big john mccain anti-mitt romney opposition play book, all hundreds of pages has been leaked publicly. there are 399 separate mentions of the word "bain" in the john mccain anti-mitt romney opposition book. given the financial disaster we have been through, since 2008, and the financial pain that so many people are are in because of it, and the political potency across the spectrum of the message of the occupy movement about income and system being rigged for the very, very very rich, hi mr. romney, that liability which hurt mitt romney
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in his race against john mc cain in 2008 is likely to be that. more of a liability for him in 2012. yes, it does look like mr. romney otherwise his way to sewing up the nomination but this stuff still hurts and the race is not over. there is a reason the million dollar man was a wrestling villain. this stuff does not look good for a candidate. mr. romney's opponents seem to smell blood here. they know this is a weakness for mr. romney as a candidate. they are starting to press that advantage. >> to make a statement that i made a couple of extra bucks giving speeches when that couple extra bucks was over $300,000, that to me says more about governor romney and his connection with the american people than his tax rate which is driven by the tax code. >> you're saying because he made a lot of money he doesn't understand what american people go through? >> no, but to refer to $300,000 as a few extra bucks to me is -- $300,000 isn't a few extra bucks to me. >> rick santorum should be noted also a millionaire. smart enough not to mention it in that circumstance. mr. romney's quote wasn't a few extra bucks as mr. santorum
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rights last year. sometimes changing the word is a party, looks like this. sometimes changing the world looks more like this. people sitting at computers in bad florescent lighting. doesn't make for riveting television, but this is actually history in the making. the direct and practical results of all those protests, the energy and anger and enthusiasm and hope that led the people out in the streets to protest governor walker in the first place. what you're looking at is -- submitted to the state yesterday. recall organizers needed just slightly more than half a million votes to recall governor walker. they needed more than half a million, yesterday they say they delivered a million. they also delivered 845,000 other signatures to recall the republican lieutenant governor and more than 85,000 signatures to recall four republican state senators. they turned in many more than they needed, in order to make
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sure even if some of the signatures are found to be inval laid they will have more than enough to get the recall on the ballot. getting this done, gathering signatures was not a foregone conclusion. most talking heads thought the chances were slim when anti-walker protesters started talking about a recall of the governor last year. getting half a million signatures in 60 days? that is a lot. a million is almost as many people who voted for scott walker in the first place. it's nearly a fourth of the voting population in the entire state of wisconsin. united wisconsin the group organizing the recall effort says the way they got the signatures is because they had roughly 30,000 volunteers, fanned out across the state in every county in the state. they stood outside post offices, landfills and grocery stores, stood on street corners, holding signs that read "united wisconsin recall walker" they did that day in and out. by all cans they have enough signature to do a historic thing, only happened a couple
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times in the history of the country, recalling a sitting governor. of course now the focus shifted from yesterday's jubilation which looks like an outtake of "the office" it's counting and verifying the signatures. if and when enough signatures are certified and the recall goes ahead, there does remain one important piece of business, a piece of business half exciting protest and half nuts and bolts, that is that democrats need a candidate to run against scott walker. a number of names have been thrown about, the prospect of running against scott walker with the people protesting in the streets behind you, that prospect of running against this guy right now is slightly delicious to a lot of prominent democrats in the state of wisconsin. a number of them are reportedly considering it. it was not until today we got the first official candidate against scott walker to be
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governor of the great state of wisconsin. joining us for the interview is kathleen falk, she announced her run for governor. thank you for joining us. >> rachel, thank you. and let me thank you, you have been standing with wisconsin citizens from the very beginning, when governor walker began this is extreme far-right agenda that torn our state apart, thank you. >> very nice of you to say, thank you. >> i was sort of projecting when i said the prospect of running against scott walker is delicious, to a lot of democrats. in the statement of wisconsin. you are the first to declare, do you expect there will be competition, there will be a democratic primary to pick a
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candidate to run against walker? >> i do, but i am passionate about why we need to take back our state and i'm standing with our million plus citizens to get our state back on track and this will not be an easy task because as you have reported throughout the year, governor walker is heavily financed by out of state interests like the coke brothers, texas billionaire who can write out a quarter million dollar check. last night you showed that while we in wisconsin, a million citizens were delivering these petitions, signatures, that we gathered over the cold of the winter in wisconsin, our governor was out of state having a fundraiser hosted by the former head of aig, who last i recall taxpayers bailed out. >> how do you think you can compete with that? that is both a description of the political machine behind scott walker but also a description of how he has been successful.
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if you were to be the democratic nominee to run against him, what would be your plan for keeping up with him in financial terms? >> because i have spent my life fighting for citizens in wisconsin and we are united. i have never seen anything like this in our state. old and young, men and women, from every corner of the state, democrats, independents, some republicans, a lot of people have never done anything political, they want back the state we love and walker is not on our side and walker's agenda is not for working families in wisconsin. you know, as i have been arm in arm with citizens across the state over the last year, particularly in the last two months of the signature gathering, i have come across the people who hearts and souls here i'm fighting for them. just give you one example, there was this wonderful couple in the central part of the state, it was a bitter cold day, and they were an older couple i asked
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them how old they were, they said they are 75 years old. i said you're going to go out in the cold day and stand with the clip board to get signatures? have you ever done this before? no, we've never done anything political before. why are you doing this? they said because governor walker's cuts on education are hurting our grandchildren. and that is why i know we will beat him he's making the wrong choices. >> you have deep ties to organized labor in wisconsin you are expected to enjoy strong support from union workers in wisconsin. do you think the issue of union rights will be the central issue in your campaign or like the voters you described, a broad spectrum that is motivating people including the cuts to education and other things? >> it's an important issue. we're the home of collective bargaining, worker rights in wisconsin, 50 years ago. and i am proud and i will hope to earn the support of hard working men and women across the state, but i'm also good example i was the top executive and i worked every day with eight unions, respectfully, getting the job done with them. they agreed to about $10 million in cuts in pay, by working together, by negotiating, by
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treating them respectfully, we got the job done. that is an important issue in restoring worker rights. but there are others because walker just kept one after the next after the next. he chose big tax breaks for the largest corporations, and then he made the biggest cut in education in our state's history. those are not wisconsin values. we have the proof now his agenda not only has torn our state apart, instead of bringing us together in the tough times, but here we are a year later, with month after month of job losses. his way isn't helping families in wisconsin and that is why this extraordinary historic, inspiring million people standing up and saying we won't take it anymore. >> former dane county executive, democratic candidate intending to run against governor walker if there is a recall election, kathleen falk, thank you for talking to us. you had choices who to took talk
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on the first day i'm glad you were here, thank you. >> rachel, an honor to be with you, thank you. >> in a moment, i shall impersonate a rachel maddow impersonator. we will be right back.
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this is a wanted poster. wanted poster that was
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distributed by anti-abortion forces targeting dr. david gun. it lists the office, describes him physically, height, weight, noticeable character sticks, then describes him as responsible for killing children, that two specific addresses in pensacola, florida. after the wanted poster was distributed, dr. david gun was shot and killed by anti-abortion extremist. was in march, 1993. this was a wanted poster about dr. george wayne patterson. medical license number, what kind of car he drives, physical description of him. this doctor, dr. george patterson, owned the clinic where dr. gun had been murdered. dr. patterson himself was murdered five months after dr. gun was killed. dr. patterson's killing is still unsolved. when the new york times reported that year on dr. patterson's killing they got a quote from an activist saying paul hill "the
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killing has stopped, so it had the desired result." the murder had the desired result. less than a year after giving that quote, paul hill murdered yet another doctor who provided abortions. a man named dr. john britton. this is the poster. exact address, physical description, photo, even description of his car. these wanted posters were distributed and then he was murdered by an anti-abortion extremist. then dr. george tiller, the anti-abortion movement's wanted poster, this was distributed before he was shot by an akity activist in 1993. this was before he was shot the first time in the 1990's. another activist shot him again in 2009 and this time they killed him. this is the pattern, detailed wanted posters, distribution of exact addresses and descriptions and photos and other specific information about a doctor, posters distributed by anti-abortion extremists. the doctor gets assassinated.
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this is the pattern they established over a couple of years. we interviewed a doctor in north carolina after the same tactic was used against him. the poster with photo, address and detailed information for a doctor who provides abortion services, a tried and trued means of intimidation. because of the past instances of the distribution of that kind of personal information about a doctor being followed by an extremist using violence against that doctor, this is a form of intimidation that has well earned the intended terroristic affect. people who are brave enough to provide abortion services are aware of the threat of violence implicit in anti-abortion extremists distributing the specific information. the information how to find them, what that doctor looks like when do you find them. now, operation rescue. a long-standing anti-abortion extremist group is taking this
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technique nation-wide. operation rescue has launched a new website, a data base of detailed searchable information about doctors who provide abortion services. photos, addresses, handy maps to find their place of business. the website describes every doctor or at least aims to describe every doctor who provides abortions in the united states and describes them as part of a cartel. the generic clip art photo for doctors for whom they don't have photos is someone in handcuffs. go get them, here's how. an extremist movement with the history of violence taking something as seen as beyond the pale, arguably criminal and maybing it more mainstream and national. of individual wanted posters, they will do it nationally. they will do it on the web. they are very proud that they are doing this. we called and they are making sure that law enforcement is
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aware of this website and to consider the possibility that it
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dangers of contraception in this country, the whole sexual liberty idea in many christian faith have said, well, that's okay. contraception is okay. it's not okay. >> senator santorum, newt gingrich, ron paul, and rick perry have all signed a pledge put out by the personhood people saying they support what the personhood people are trying to do. mitt romney did not sign the pledge but when asked whether mr. romney would have supported a constitutional amendment when he was governor of
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massachusetts, mitt romney said he absolutely would. >> would you have supported a constitutional amendment that would have established life at conception? >> absolutely. >> i have to concede -- >> you would be hard-pressed to find other states as far right like south carolina on abortion and gay rights. but the state of mississippi, you actually can't get much further right than mississippi on that. when they voted whether or not to amend the state constitution to ban gay marriage, this was the result. every district that is red voted to ban gay marriage in mississippi. you will see there is only the red color on the map. all red. they all voted that way. but when mississippi was asked whether they wanted the
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personhood amendments to the state constitution, as far to the right as mississippi is on social issues, here is how they voted on personhood. they voted it down by a 16-point margin. even as mississippi, this personhood stuff, you can't have the pill anymore. seriously? even a state as right as mississippi, that is way too far. every presidential candidate including mitt romney is to the right of mississippi on this issue now. they are all in support of the personhood thing. newt gingrich and rick perry and rick santorum and ron paul are all rsvp yes to this personhood in south carolina. they all signed the personhood pledge. ron paul made sure to make an appearance by satellite, which you see here. all four were there, signed the pledge, and said yes. even though mitt romney didn't show up tonight, he's there on the record supporting their position.
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best new thing in the world, republicans said that the president had to make a decision within two months on the keystone pipeline. forced decision. today president obama called their bluff by saying he was not given enough time to assess the pipeline's impact. so you want a decision now? okay. here's your decision. no. no pipeline.
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at least not right now. that brings me to our best new thing in the world today. i am very flattered that i have been chosen for the rare and special honor of being the new face of the national republican congressional committee. it's that party that tries to elect republicans to the house. they have reenacted one of the ads i made where i'm standing in front of hoover dam talking about infrastructure. they have someone that looks just like me saying that president obama should say okay to the keystone xl pipeline. >> when you are this close to hoover dam, it makes you realize how small a human is and this is a human project. you can't be the state who builts this. you can't even be the town who builds this. but you can be the guy who stops something like this. we've got a project like this waiting for the president's go ahead supported by the republicans and democrats, labor unions. it provides energy security and up to 130,000 jobs. >> national republican